According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for U.S. workers in the first quarter of 2019 was $905 per week ($22.62 per hour), totaling $47,060 per year. By following these simple steps, electricians with only five years of experience can easily get more work done.
Get the right training
Participate in apprenticeship programs that meet state and federal standards. An apprenticeship affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is an excellent option. A typical apprenticeship program lasts four to five years. You will most likely attend only two classes per week, or you may attend one Saturday per month. This training is absolutely necessary in order for you to advance in the electrical industry. It is the best foundation as far as electrical knowledge is concerned, and it is only the tip of the iceberg. Your apprenticeship is paid for by your employer, and in the meantime, first-year apprentices can earn anywhere from $15 to $21 per hour while you learn the trade. The wage range is given because wage rates vary from state to state. Also, if you decide to become a union electrician
Get your journeyman's license
After graduating from an electrical apprenticeship, you should set your sights on earning your Journeyman Electrical License. The first source for this exam should be your county or state, but for some states, it can also be found online through national testing agencies. Earning this license proves that you have been dedicated in the classroom, on the job, and that you are serious about this transaction. Employers are always interested in hiring card-carrying skilled electricians. In some cities, you cannot work without a license. This license proves that you have been properly trained and that you can earn more than $31 to $34 per hour for approximately five years of trading, depending on where you live.
The more experience you have, the wider the range of employment options. Different experiences in business, industry, service work, and even residential will make you a better electrician and can quickly open up new opportunities. The variety of experiences can help you pass future electrical licensing exams. As you progress, it's a good idea to set goals to help you advance in the industry. You can be the next "lead" or foreman, then you may want to become a general foreman or supervisor. Field leaders in the electrical industry can earn more than $36-$40 per hour. Some will look to obtain their own electrical contracting license and open their own electrical contracting business. You can accomplish any of these things through hard work, dedication, and continuing your electrical education. Keep going!
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